USA Hockey has put together their 2016 National Junior Evaluation Camp roster.
USA Hockey announced today the 42 players that have been invited to the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, July 30-Aug. 7, at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. The players will audition for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, December 26, 2016, through January 5, 2017, in Montreal and Toronto, Canada.
Leafs' prospect Jeremy Bracco (2015 second round pick, 61st overall) has been added for the second time, but there is no Auston Matthews on the list. He is likely going to be busier than Mitch Marnier this summer, so this is not so surprising.
In 2014, Bracco was the last cut from Team USA roster just before the World Junior Championships. In 2015, he participated in the evaluation camp in the summer, and then moved from the NCAA to the OHL. He was not named to the preliminary team roster for the WJC that year or invited to their follow-up camp.
Last year, with the OHL's Kitchener Rangers, Bracco posted 64 points in 49 games. He has previously won gold at the under-18 level with Team USA, and set the NTDP all-time assists record.